Racing tips for Thursday – Best bets for Carlisle, Wincanton, Southwell and Newcastle
Thursday racing tips 11 March
We look over another day of horse racing action over the sticks and on the all-weather where we pick out our racing tips for Thursday and best bets.
Another day closer to the Cheltenham Festival and four meetings go to post across the UK on Thursday over the sticks and on the all-weather.
Carlisle will have to pass a morning inspection before they can race with some wet weather forecast overnight; while Wincanton are also racing over the sticks on Thursday afternoon along with an all-weather fixture on the Southwell fibresand.
Completing the Thursday fixture list is an evening all-weather meeting under the floodlights at Newcastle on their tapeta surface and assuming there’s no issue with Carlisle’s card then 29 races wo;; take place throughout the day.
We’ve looked over each of the day’s scheduled fixtures where we pick out our best bets and horse racing tips for Thursday.
RACING TIPS FOR THURSDAY 11 MARCH – BEST BETS FOR CARLISLE, WINCANTON, SOUTHWELL & NEWCASTLE
1:30 Carlisle – Introducing Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m5f
CRYPTO bolted up in a bumper on his debut for Micky Hammond after which he changed hands and moved to Venetia Williams. Things haven’t altogether gone to plan for the Gold Well gelding since over hurdles but he shaped with promise switched to chasing latest and can build on that experience.
He made a couple of mistakes in that first run over the larger obstacles but likely to be sharper in that department he can do better this time around. While he was beaten more than twenty lengths into third this doesn’t look a race that will take a lot of winning despite being able to make a case for the entire field.
However he’s much the least exposed runner and he gets weight all round and the yard is in decent form so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him running well here and he can get off the mark over fences at the second attempt.
1:50 Southwell – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m
SWINTON NOON has won two of his last four visits to this venue and Michael Appleby’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Sepoy colt struck the latest of those wins over this distance back in December and he bounced back from unseating his rider next time to score over ten furlongs at Lingfield in January; his latest outing saw him beaten only a sort head over that same course and distance but he could be worth siding with to go one better.
He drops back to one mile for this latest run which sees him return to the fibresand and racing from the same mark as last time he should remain competitive.
2:40 Carlisle – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-115) 2m4f
SCOTTISH ACCENT won well for this column when scoring over course and distance last month and Rebecca Menzies’ charge is taken to follow up despite being 7lbs higher in the weights.
The Golan gelding had been in good form prior to that win, making the frame in his three previous starts before running out a seven lengths’ victor over reopposing Cenral Flame who has a decent pull at the weights this time around.
However the manner of his victory last time hinted that he still had further scope to improve and the form of his earlier third at Musselburgh was franked next time by the winner going in again along with the fourth horse home who also scored a subsequent win.
Likely to have more to offer over the larger obstacles he can improve again to defy his new mark with these conditions no issue and course-winning form to call upon and he ought to go close.
2:50 Wincanton – MansionBet Faller Insurance Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 3m½f
JUST GO FOR IT bolted up for this column when last seen running out a near-twenty lengths’ victor over Thundersockssundae at Hereford last month and the Passing Glance mare is taken to follow up.
Kevin Bishop’s charge had fallen the time before but he’d run well in defeat previously before making the breakthrough latest with that wide margin success when stepped up in trip.
She was strong at the finish suggesting she’d get even further so it’s little surprise to see her trying an extended three miles now where she could be well-in here despite carrying a 7lbs penalty for that recent win.
Assuming this run doesn’t come too soon then she could prove up to the task and no surprise to see her going close in her follow up bid.
4:30 Wincanton – MansionBet All I Want For Cheltmas Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m4f
APRES ET THOU is given another chance having shaped as possibly amiss when last seen at Exeter in January where the Network gelding wore cheekpieces for the first time.
Philip Hobbs’ charge turned in a desperate performance that day and a subsequently two months’ break suggests all may not have been well. His previous run which had seen him finish four lengths’ runner-up at Wincanton was a better effort and a return to that sort of form will put him firmly in the mix.
It is interesting that Hobbs immediately dispenses with the headgear here and the drying ground should be more in his favour so he could bounce back with a better run this time around.
6:30 Newcastle – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 5f
ANOTHER ANGEL hasn’t won for a while, posting his last success back in September last year at Newcastle; while he’s failed to win since though he has run a series of good races in defeat and Anthony Brittain’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
The Dark Angel gelding has been largely consistent, most recently finding only one too good over this course and distance last month where he was denied by three lengths by Scale Force.
He’s since been eased 1lb in the weights which leaves him just 1lb above his last winning rating and having been given a sort break will return a fresh horse. With a good record here he ought to remain competitive and no surprise if he were to go close.
7:30 Newcastle – Bombardier Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 1m
It might be worth giving a chance to VELMA who hasn’t been seen to best effect off a slow pace on her last couple of runs, but with the potential for a stronger gallop this time around Chris Fairhurst’s charge can do better.
The Fast Company filly struck her only career win to date over this course and distance but might have been undone by shorter trips on her next two outings prior to a sort break. She’s not been involved in two further runs since, latterly beating only two home behind Pholas but her mark is sliding and she could take advantage before too much longer.
Dropping 3lbs and easing into Class 6 company could see her bounce back to winning form here with the likelihood of a better pace to aim at this time and she could go well in a fairly uninspiring contest.